Titles mentioned in the Bookshelf Section
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Cover design by
Ma. Lourdes C. de Vera,
with a reproduction of Vista del Puerto de Sorsogon, 1792
by Fernando Brambila
Copyright 2003, ISSN 1655-1582
Sorsogon Heritage Society, Inc.
The Bicol region is documented in Sarabihon, loosely translated as "Sayings." Bicol's history, topography, language, drama and arts are featured. The region being an open access from the seas, Bicol's shores have seen the comings and goings of various European ship landings in the previous colonial centuries. Spanish and Portuguese influence predominate here before their invasion inward and North.
The cover to SARABIHON's second volume is a handsome reproduction of the port town as sketched by 18th century sailor-artist, Fernando Brambila from the deck of a ship dropping anchor at the bay. The compilation of essays in this 2003 volume are informative on the mores and traditions among families of the region.
One of the articles is a paper presented by Stephen Henry S. Totanes at the 2001 conference of the American Studies Association of the Philippines. The revised article focuses on the arrival of the Thomasites assigned to the Bicol region.
The prominence of the zarzuela as a leading form of theatre entertainment is detailed by A. G. Uranza in vignettes about her grandfather's (Jose T. Figueroa) zarzuelas, most of which he originally penned and directed. Included is Figueroa's a 3-act zarzuela "An Matamiagnon na Agom" (The Negligent Spouse) with music credited to Mariano Ripaco.
Poetry in English and in Bikol feature poems by Gaudencio Bataller, Rommel Habitchela, Fr. Isidro Dino and Gregorio Estonanto.